Near a large marsh on the Templeton/Philipston town line, I saw dozens of Yellow-rumped, and a few Palm and Black-throated Green Warblers, an Eastern Kingbird and 3 Solitary Sandpipers. The Broad-winged Hawk (below) was perched in a back yard, allowing me to "digi-bin" (through 8X32 binoculars) it from inside the car while it carefully studied the ground for a meal...until a few Blue Jays shattered its solitude!
Quabbin Park had little variety but I enjoyed excellent looks at a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, heard several Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers along with few Black and White Warblers. Plenty of Turkey Vultures were in the air and a few Sharp-shinned Hawks were fighting a stiff northwest wind near Enfield lookout and I heard a drumming Sapsucker.
looking north from Enfield Lookout
After "running" an errand to Fitchburg, I saw a Common Loon on Snow Mill Pond in Fitchburg. I carefully studied this bird for leg bands, as many central Mass. breeding Loons have been color banded by Biologist, this bird was un-banded. Snow Mill Pond has no motor boat traffic, a small island and is not much smaller than Paradise Pond (Princeton, Ma.), which has a pair of nesting Loons. Chances are this was just a transient bird, but I couldn't help but wonder if it was an un-mated "prospector"!